Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Biography

Born: Jan 27, 1756; Austria   Died: Dec 5, 1791; Austria   Period: Classical
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was not only one of the greatest composers of the Classical period, but one of the greatest of all time. Surprisingly, he is not identified with radical formal or harmonic innovations, or with the profound kind of symbolism heard in some of Bach's works. Mozart's best music has a natural flow and irresistible charm, and can express humor, joy or sorrow with both conviction and mastery. His operas, especially his later Read more efforts, are brilliant examples of high art, as are many of his piano concertos and later symphonies. Even his lesser compositions and juvenile works feature much attractive and often masterful music.

Mozart was the last of seven children, of whom five did not survive early childhood. By the age of three he was playing the clavichord, and at four he began writing short compositions. Young Wolfgang gave his first public performance at the age of five at Salzburg University, and in January, 1762, he performed on harpsichord for the Elector of Bavaria. There are many astonishing accounts of the young Mozart's precocity and genius. At the age of seven, for instance, he picked up a violin at a musical gathering and sight-read the second part of a work with complete accuracy, despite his never having had a violin lesson.

In the years 1763 - 1766, Mozart, along with his father Leopold, a composer and musician, and sister Nannerl, also a musically talented child, toured London, Paris, and other parts of Europe, giving many successful concerts and performing before royalty. The Mozart family returned to Salzburg in November 1766. The following year young Wolfgang composed his first opera, Apollo et Hyacinthus. Keyboard concertos and other major works were also coming from his pen now.

In 1769, Mozart was appointed Konzertmeister at the Salzburg Court by the Archbishop. Beginning that same year, the Mozarts made three tours of Italy, where the young composer studied Italian opera and produced two successful efforts, Mitridate and Lucio Silla. In 1773, Mozart was back in Austria, where he spent most of the next few years composing. He wrote all his violin concertos between 1774 and 1777, as well as Masses, symphonies, and chamber works.

In 1780, Mozart wrote his opera Idomeneo, which became a sensation in Munich. After a conflict with the Archbishop, Mozart left his Konzertmeister post and settled in Vienna. He received a number of commissions now and took on a well-paying but unimportant Court post. In 1782 Mozart married Constanze Weber and took her to Salzburg the following year to introduce her to his family. 1782 was also the year that saw his opera Die Entführung aus dem Serail staged with great success.

In 1784, Mozart joined the Freemasons, apparently embracing the teachings of that group. He would later write music for certain Masonic lodges. In the early- and mid-1780s, Mozart composed many sonatas and quartets, and often appeared as soloist in the fifteen piano concertos he wrote during this period. Many of his commissions were for operas now, and Mozart met them with a string of masterpieces. Le nozze di Figaro came 1786, Don Giovanni in 1787, Così fan tutte in 1790 and Die Zauberflöte in 1791. Mozart made a number of trips in his last years, and while his health had been fragile in previous times, he displayed no serious condition or illness until he developed a fever of unknown origin near the end of 1791. Read less

Beethoven, Mozart: Violin Concertos / Schneiderhan
Release Date: 02/13/1996   Label: Dg The Originals  
Catalog: 447403   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 38-40 (Arr. For Flute, Violin, Cello & Piano By Hummel)
Release Date: 02/25/2014   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8572841   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Flute Concertos / Orpheus CO
Release Date: 04/06/1990   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 427677   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Opera Arias / Kathleen Battle, James Levine
Release Date: 08/12/1997   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 439949   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Piano Concertos 14 & 27 / Jacoby, Marriner
Release Date: 04/29/2014   Label: Ica Classics  
Catalog: 5125   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Concerto for Piano no 23 in A major, K 488

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  • 26.
    Avie Records - 10th Anniversary
    Label: Avie   Catalog: 2265 Release Date: 07/10/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Enescu,  Gabriel Fauré,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Monica Huggett,  Gonzalo Ruiz,  Luiza Borac,  Charles Owen  ... 
    Conductor:  Monica Huggett,  Harry Bicket,  Imogen Cooper,  Vasily Petrenko  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Sonnerie,  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment,  Northern Sinfonia  ... 
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    Ferdinand Leitner Anniversary Edition
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 12019 Release Date: 06/26/2012   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Monique Haas,  Deon Van der Walt,  Barbara Kilduff,  Edith Wiens  ... 
    Conductor:  Ferdinand Leitner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Württemberg State Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 28.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 23 & 20
    Label: Cascavelle   Catalog: 3161 Release Date: 06/12/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Philippe Entremont
    Conductor:  Jean Entremont
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    Mozart's Last 8 Piano Concertos / Barenboim, Berliner Philharmoniker
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2066098 Release Date: 05/29/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Daniel Barenboim
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Mozart's Last 8 Piano Concertos / Barenboim, Berliner Philharmoniker [Blu-ray]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2066094 Release Date: 05/29/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Daniel Barenboim
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 31.
    Great Piano Concertos
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8501056 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó,  Stefan Vladar,  Idil Biret,  Eldar Nebolsin  ... 
    Conductor:  András Ligeti,  Mátyás Antal,  Barry Wordsworth,  Antoni Wit  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concentus Hungaricus,  Capella Istropolitana,  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 32.
    Mozart: Popular Piano Concertos / Daniel Barenboim
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 6787122 Release Date: 03/26/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Daniel Barenboim
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
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  • 33.
    Vladimir Horowitz - The Video Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 907209 Release Date: 03/06/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Domenico Scarlatti,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Alexander Scriabin  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
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  • 34.
    Label: Archipel   Catalog: ARPCD0358 Release Date: 01/01/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Robert Casadesus
    Conductor:  Fernando Previtali
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  • 35.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos; Brahms: Variations / Michelangeli
    Label: Andromeda   Catalog: 5019 Release Date: 01/01/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli
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  • 36.
    Ultimate Piano Concerto Collection (W/Cdrom) (Box)
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 9098 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 30
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Frédéric Chopin,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Derek Han,  Evgeni Kissin,  Karin Lechner,  Klára Würtz  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Freeman,  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Dmitri Kitayenko,  Eduardo Marturet  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Israel Chamber Orchestra,  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Mozart: Piano Concertos / Helene Grimaud
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001620402 Release Date: 11/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Hélène Grimaud,  Mojca Erdmann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Chamber Orchestra
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  • 38.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos 19 & 23 / Helene Grimaud [CD & DVD]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001620500 Release Date: 11/08/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Hélène Grimaud,  Mojca Erdmann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Chamber Orchestra
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  • 39.
    Beethoven: Symphony No 4; Mozart: Piano Concerto No 23; Strauss / Gulda, Konwitschny
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 839112 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda
    Conductor:  Franz Konwitschny
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  • 40.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 20, 23, 24 & 25
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 94603 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Ivan Moravec
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
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  • 41.
    Great Pianists, Vol. 2: Brailowsky, Cherkassky, Serkin
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 2367 Release Date: 07/12/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Liszt,  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky,  Shura Cherkassky,  Rudolf Serkin
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  • 42.
    Piano Concertos - Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Liszt
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94095 Release Date: 06/28/2011   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Alfred Brendel,  Karin Lechner,  Paolo Giacometti,  Nelson Freire  ... 
    Conductor:  Willfried Boettcher,  Heinz Wallberg,  Eduardo Marturet,  Arie Van Beek  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Volksoper Orchestra,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 43.
    Mozart: Complete Fortepiano Concertos / Sofronitsky, Karolak
    Label: Etcetera Records   Catalog: 1424 Release Date: 06/14/2011   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Viviana Sofronitsky,  Linda Nicholson,  Mario Aschauer
    Conductor:  Tadeusz Karolak
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicae Antiquae Collegium Varsoviense
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  • 44.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos 20, 23, 24, 25 / Moravec, Marriner
    Label: Piano Classics   Catalog: 8 Release Date: 06/14/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Ivan Moravec
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
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  • 45.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos / Brendel, Marriner, ASMF [12-CD Collector's Edition]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001545902 Release Date: 04/19/2011   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Ingrid Haebler,  Alfred Brendel,  Imogen Cooper,  Ton Koopman
    Conductor:  Eduard Melkus,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Ton Koopman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Camerata Academica,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
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    Mozart: Piano Concertos 21 & 23 / O'Hora, Carney
    Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks   Catalog: 28430 Release Date: 02/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Ronan O'Hora
    Conductor:  Jonathan Carney
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  • 47.
    Clara Haskil Edition [17 CDs]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001492402 Release Date: 11/30/2010   Number of Discs: 17
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Manuel de Falla,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Clara Haskil,  Arthur Grumiaux
    Conductor:  Paul Sacher,  Bernhard Paumgartner,  Igor Markevitch,  Ferenc Fricsay  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 48.
    Horowitz - The Complete Recordings On Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001491202 Release Date: 11/16/2010   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
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  • 49.
    Mozart Edition - Complete Works
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94051 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 170
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Christian Bach
    Performer:  Angela Bucci,  Baltazar Zuniga,  Elena Biscuola,  Abramo Rosalen  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Favero,  Ton Koopman,  Paul Freeman,  Jaap ter Linden  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oficina Musicum,  Radio Chamber Orchestra,  Musica Amphion  ... 
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    Mozart: Piano Concertos 20, 21, 23, 27 / Barenboim
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 31796 Release Date: 10/12/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Daniel Barenboim
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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